(CNS) – With USC picking up the tab, the Los Angeles Police Department will increase patrols around the university in response to recent high-profile violence in the area, including the slayings of two graduate students from China, officials announced today.
USC President C.L. Max Nikias said the total cost of the effort had not yet been determined.
The LAPD plans to add 30 officers to the Southwest Division, and four additional patrols in the neighborhoods around the university, Nikias announced at a news conference along with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck.
Villaraigosa said the actions are necessary to send a message that crime will not be tolerated, “not in my city, not in our city.”
Ying Wu and Ming Qu, both 23, were fatally shot during a downpour about 1 a.m. April 11 while sitting in Qu’s recently purchased 2003 BMW, which was double-parked in the 2700 block of Raymond Avenue.
Wu was found in the passenger seat and Qu on the steps of a nearby house, police said. The were both electrical engineering graduate students from China.
One week later, a gunman was shot by a USC police officer after robbing four students near 28th and Figueroa streets.